HOMEBREWING CRAFT BEER: Is It Really Possible to Do This at Home?

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Whether you’re a sucker for DIY projects, a science geek at heart, or simply a beer lover, you’ll certainly enjoy making your own beer in the comfort of your home. It’s fun, it’s therapeutic, it’s most definitely a new challenge or hobby you can take on amid your busy lifestyle.

Now if you already love the idea of always having a cold one ready because you’re the one making tasty beer at home, but afraid or anxious on how you’re going to start, don’t brush off the idea just yet as we’re here to help you decide whether homebrewing is really for you.

Here are the commonly asked questions about homebrewing craft beer and some other important things you need to know:

Is it totally safe?

Whether you’re pertaining to health and safety hazards, YES, homebrewing is totally safe. While of course we won’t recommend that you make this an activity with your little kids, a good homebrew recipe should be designed to help you avoid exploding bottles as much as possible. Just make sure you follow safe and sanitary methods, and you’ll have nothing to worry about.

The beer you’re going to make at home will only be 100% safe if, again, you practice sanitation. Keep in mind the alcohol will prevent anything nasty or unhealthy from taking up residence in the beer. If you unfortunately get a funky batch, and you really think it smells and tastes unusual, then don’t risk it--simply throw out that batch.

Do I need a big space to homebrew?

That actually depends on how much you’re planning to brew every batch. But since you can actually brew as little as a 1 gallon batch of beer, then a regular sized-kitchen and space for storage (like your pantry or a corner in your basement) is already enough. The brewing and bottling equipment won’t really take up too much space as many may think.

Will I really save money if I brew my own beer?

This depends on various factors (think economics of scale)--like how fancy you want your new equipment to be, whether you’re brewing an all-grain or extract, or if you want fancier beer flavors and styles. But as a simple answer: yes, it will save you money. But, don’t expect to get really big savings especially if you’re jus brewing 1 to 5 gallon batches.

What essential equipment do I need to buy and how much will it cost me?

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Don’t get overwhelmed just yet; because even if the list may seem longer than you think, buying all of it won’t really cost you a fortune. And since, homebrewing has really become a thing nowadays, you won’t really have a hard time searching for these:

  • 4+ gallon pot. ($23-30) (The bigger the better - like an aluminum lobster pot)

  • 6 gallon plastic bucket with a spigot for sanitizing and bottling. ($13)

  • 6 gallon fermentation bucket. (comes with a lid with a hole drilled for an airlock) ($12)

  • Airlock and stopper. ($3)

  • 3 or 4 small nylon bags for adding hops to the boil. ($12)

  • Racking cane to syphon beer out of the fermentor or kettle. ($10)

  • Food grade sanitizer, either iodine based or acid based. ($10)

  • Hydrometer and Hydrometer Jar. ($10)

  • Waterproof thermometer with a range that includes 130*F-190*F. ($6)

  • Bottling wand ($4)

  • 5 feet of 3/8 inch beverage line for transferring beer and filling bottles.

  • Bottles ($0-$40)

Is this even legal?

Yes, homebrewing is officially legal in all 50 states. The exact laws vary from state to state, but most states allow you to brew up to 100 gallons of beer per adult (or 200 gallons per household) every year. And that’s already a lot! However, what you cannot do is sell it for profit. If you’re planning on doing that though, you should check with your state’s commercial requirements.

If you love beer as much as we do, then why don’t you go ahead and try it? Just think about it--you’ll make your beer according to your taste preferences; you get to enjoy a cold one whenever you feel like it; you can share with your buddies or give it as gifts. If you’re now enticed to start making your own, you may check this out.

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